Guggul: one of Ayurveda's most endangered plants
It takes at least seven years for each of the thorny guggul plants to grow enough to be harvested, but we all know that good things come to those who wait.
When the plants are ready, the farmers make small incisions in the thin, papery bark, leaving the sap to seep out and harden. This normally takes about six or seven days, when the gum is then peeled off the trunk and stored for purification.
Every single plant generates between 60 and 100 grams of sticky guggul gum – and while it may seem cruel to the plant, the sap actually helps to protect the trunk and heal the damage – similar to the properties for which the plant is renowned in Ayurveda.
We then take the resin and 'purify' it by boiling it in a decoction of Triphala (the three fruit combination of amla, bibhitaki and haritaki). Its then dried and used as an essential ingredient in our Natural Balance organic supplement.